Thursday, July 5, 2012

Simple Basil Lemonade

My garden is currently a disaster!  We adopted a 5 week old kitten almost 3 weeks ago and it's been almost 100 degrees every day for the last 2...maybe 4 weeks.  We try to stay close to home (or just not leave the house) on the 4th.  Traffic is crazy, people get drunk and I worry about fireworks frightening our children (the feline variety).

Where was I going with this?  Right...I had this great idea yesterday!  
I finally made it out to the garden and realized my basil plants were in serious need of a trim.



What do you do when life gives you extra Basil?
Make Basil Lemonade!  I didn't use a recipe and I didn't use much sugar.  This is a great recipe to use any extra basil cuttings or even basil flowers.  I'm going to include my instructions plus an additional recipe for something a bit sweeter.

Basil Lemonade
I like things simple!  I have a variety of jars but for this recipe I used large, wide-mouth Ball jars (quart size) and empty Mason jars (24 ounce?) from pasta sauce. 
2 jars have Purple Opal Basil and 2 have Fine Verde Basil.

Ingredients:
Basil: 3 long sprigs per jar
Lemons: 1/2 a sliced lemon per jar
Sugar: 1-2 tablespoon per jar (or use stevia)
Water

Directions:
Place appropriate amount of water in a large pot and boil.  While you wait, add the Basil, Lemons and Sugar to each jar.

Once your water has boiled, pour into filled jars.  Let the jars cool until you can handle them.  Screw the tops onto your jars and place in the fridge.  Wait about an hour and shake up the jars then put back into the fridge.  Lemonade should be ready in 6-12 hours depending on how strong you like it.

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And now for something slightly different!
Basil Lemonade
from Alaska from Scratch

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup:
1c sugar
1c water

For the Lemonade:
1 recipe simple syrup
1c freshly squeezed lemon juice
4c cold water
4 basil leaves, chiffonade
lemon slices

Instructions

To make the Simple Syrup:
In a saucepan, cook water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is a clear syrup. Set aside.

To a pitcher, add lemon juice, simple syrup, and cold water. Stir and taste. If too sweet (every batch is different according to your lemons), add more cold water until desired sweetness is reached. Add basil, lemon rounds and ice just before serving. Stir and serve.

Notes

30 comments:

  1. I made basil jelly with some of my extra basil but I have plenty more with no tomatoes in sight, and this sounds delicious.

    What size jars are you using - quarts? 1/2 gallons?

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    1. I should have been more specific. The Mason jars are 24 ounces(?) They are old pasta sauce jars. The Ball jars are Quart size, wide-mouth. I have a recipe for Purple Opal Basil here from a book Grow Great Grub. Excellent resource!

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    2. I'm making this right now - just put the water on the stove. I've got 2 half-gallon jars ready to go. Hoping to bring the final product to a cookout tomorrow.

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  2. Great Recipe. I just posted a Peach Lemondade recipe today. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/3-face-masks-from-your-kitchen-and.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite Debi! I just added my link.

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  3. What a great refreshing hot weather drink! We are definitely going to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. This weekend at Back to the Basics I'll explain why this recipe is SO good for you. I make basil recipes for my hubby when his asthma flares up.

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  4. What an adorable kitten! And perfect timing on this recipe! We're just starting to harvest our basil and there sure is a lot of it, so this is a great idea for some of it. Thanks so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

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    1. Thanks Jessi! I finally updated the post linking back to each link up. Have a great weekend!

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  5. this is my first blog hop so i'm determined to visit and follow every one on the list. i would love for you to stop by to visit and follow me

    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks
    new follower bev

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    1. Hi Bev! I'm your newest follower! I love your honesty in your posts. Your mother is a lucky lady!

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  6. Hi! Visiting from a link party! Oh yum! This looks and sounds delicious. I would have never thought of trying basil lemonade.. but I will now! Thanks for the great new recipe!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party.. it just opened!

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    1. Hi Kelly! I just linked-up and added you link to my post! Have a great weekend!

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  7. I just have to try this:) I am pinning it so I will not forget:) Because I have basil running out of my ears right down. Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

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    1. And there's no such thing as too much basil! Happy Friday!

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  8. I have enjoyed blog hopping today. I have joined your site and hope you visit and join mine. Thank you so much, Katie msqueenfashionista.com

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  9. I've never had basil lemonade...I'm intrigued! I am a big basil fan too, but I don't know if I've ever even seen these varieties you used. I'll have to keep my eye out for seeds or a plant! Thanks for linking up, now following!

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    1. It's yummy! If you're looking for seeds check out my site Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
      http://marysheirloomseeds.com/

      I always include free seed packs!
      I'm following you as well! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Hello,
    Beautiful Blog, I’ m a new follower, Pls follow back :)

    Winnie
    http://dawnandwinniebookreviews.blogspot.com/

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    1. And I'm following you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Looks really refreshing. Wish I had this recipe last year. I had tons of basil. Thanks for linking up Mom's Library!

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  12. That looks so simple and uniquely delicious! Thank you for sharing on my blog hop. I hope you enjoyed all the great links. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend!

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  13. I am new here but plan to follow along, can't wait to read more and try this recipe! Stop by and follow along at:
    http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite Clint! I'll check it out.

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  14. I've never had basil lemonade before, I think my hubby would love this. Thanks for linking this to the Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a great week.

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  15. What a delicious idea! Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  16. Guess whose awesome lemonade was featured at Freedom Fridays this week? I'm not telling, lol! See you there.

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  17. Now that's something new and different!? I didn't plant any basil this year, darn it!! Thanks for sharing with Farm Fresh Friday, y'all come back now!!

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